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2019 Community HIV Cure Research Workshop
March 3 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The defeatHIV Community Advisory Board and The Seattle Public Library are partnering–along with many global community advocacy groups–to bring to you some of the scientists and advocates working towards a cure for HIV on Sunday, March 3 at the 2019 Community HIV Cure Research Workshop.
The full day devoted to teaching everyone about the research into an HIV cure will be divided into a morning session (9AM to 12PM) at the Crowne Plaza Seattle-Downtown (1113 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101), and an afternoon session (2PM to 5PM) at the Seattle Public Library (1000 Fourth Ave, Seattle, WA 98104. Both session are free to the public.
Through this community workshop, you will get accessible information on current research directions and on challenges for an HIV cure. We are bringing to Seattle the experts working in the cure field to provide opportunities to interact and engage with some of the best minds lending their talents to help achieve a cure for HIV. “This workshop gives everyone the chance to ask questions and deepen their appreciation of the challenges we must confront in order to make the dream of a cure for HIV a reality that is accessible to everyone who needs it,” says Michael Louella, the Community Engagement Project Manager for defeatHIV.
The line-up of speakers consists of some the sharpest HIV cure researchers and advocates including:
· Dr. Carl Dieffenbach, the Director of the Division of AIDS (DAIDS). Dr. Dieffenbach oversees a global HIV/AIDS research portfolio of more than $1 billion and a staff of more than 150 federal employees. He is responsible for developing and supporting the infrastructure and biomedical research needed to create new approaches for the treatment and cure of HIV. He will kick off at 2PM the afternoon session at the library with an overview of HIV cure research from the perspective of its major global funder.
· Dr. Deborah Persaud, who came to attention at CROI 2013 with the “Mississippi Baby”, will share the cure work done in pediatric cure research, and review the miraculous cases in children of HIV remission after treatment was started then stopped
· Dr. Monique Nijhuis is a virologist based in the Netherlands who works with IciStem, an international collaboration to investigate the potential for HIV cure by stem cell transplantation. With the help of the doctor who cured Timothy Ray Brown, IciStem has been attempting to replicate his cure in other people. Dr. Nijhuis will share details about the numerous people they’ve successfully transplanted with HIV-resistant donor cells, and if and when these people can be considered cured of HIV.
· Moses “Supercharger” Nsubuga, a musician and radio host in Uganda has been living with HIV since 1994. He will share his lived experience and expertise on some of the myths and misconceptions around a cure for HIV among Africans
· Timothy Ray Brown, the first and to-date still only person to be cured of HIV. During the afternoon session we will celebrate the 12th year of his being cured through a stem cell transplant with HIV-resistant donor cells.
For anyone unable to be physically attend the workshop on March 3, both sessions will be livestreamed from the Facebook event page for each session.
· Morning Session FB event page link: https://bit.ly/2CERMGR
· Afternoon Session FB Event page link: https://bit.ly/2Uc7nVo
Whether you are a student interested in the latest science; a longtime HIV advocate wary of the risks in this research; a community member who has grown tired of the stigma around HIV; or a mother/father/sister/brother/daughter/son to someone living with the virus—you will find the community workshop dedicated to making HIV cure research accessible to everyone a valuable aid in your own journey with HIV.
The potential benefit of finding a cure for HIV is great, which means it’s important for people to look at every aspect of the research agenda and understand the stakes involved.
No matter who you are, you will find the community workshop dedicated to making HIV cure research accessible to everyone a valuable aid in your own journey with HIV.
For no matter your HIV status—whether you are HIV-positive or HIV-negative—we all need an HIV cure.